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Guardiola confirms Man City players want to leave

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has admitted that several of his Manchester City stars could move on this summer.

After winning back-to-back Premier League titles in stunning fashion, there have been some incredible seasons from individuals in City’s squad but there are a few who have been out of the limelight.

Pep Guardiola admitted that he expects quite a few of his first team squad to move on this summer as they are unhappy with their playing time.

“Some movements we have to do for the next season because people want to leave. Players want to play,” Guardiola said. “They accept not playing for a period, but when the period is long it’s normal that they want to play more. I can’t assure that to anyone, so I understand completely.”

Some of the players said to be unhappy include Leroy Sane, Nicolas Otamendi, Fabian Delph, Danilo, Vincent Kompany and Ilkay Gundogan. It is tough for Guardiola to juggle his huge squad and keep everyone happy, but having such a hungry group of players has worked well as they’ve won four of the last five trophies available in the English domestic game.

In the case of Sane, Guardiola revealed that Man City have been trying to get him to sign a new contract for the last 18 months.

“Leroy we are one and a half years trying to sign his contract,” said Guardiola. “We want him. If you want to extend his contract, it’s because you want him. You’re not going to extend his contract because you don’t want him. It’s like Gundogan, for example – it’s the same case.”

Even after yet another amazing season where they racked up 98 points to win the Premier League and are on the verge of completing a historic domestic treble, there is a sense there will be a bigger change in this City squad compared to this time 12 months ago.

City made one major signing last summer with Riyad Mahrez coming in, but with Liverpool closing the gap on Guardiola’s boys in the PL and another season of disappointment in the Champions League, City know they have to freshen things up.

USMNT remains perfect, tops Panama to win group (video)

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In his first start since the U.S. Men’s National Team’s infamous defeat to Trinidad and Tobago, Jozy Altidore showcased his strength, speed and technical ability to help lead the U.S. to victory.

Altidore’s outstanding bicycle kick goal proved to be the difference in a sometimes dour game as the USMNT topped Panama, 1-0, Wednesday evening at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kan. The win kept the U.S. perfect through the Gold Cup group stage with no goals allowed, and it has somewhat erased the memory of the USMNT’s horrible run-up to the tournament, with defeats to Jamaica and Venezuela now firmly in the rear-view mirror.

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With the win, both teams head to Philadelphia for the quarterfinals this Sunday. Panama plays the undercard matchup against Jamaica while the USMNT faces Curacao.

Must-See Goal: Jozy Altidore puts USMNT in front with Bicycle Kick

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Jozy Altidore put his stamp on the game and gave U.S. Men’s National Team coach Gregg Berhalter more to speak about with one fell swing.

Altidore finished off a corner kick in spectacular fashion, executing a perfect bicycle kick to put the USMNT up 1-0 in the 66th minute. The goal came one minute after the entrance of Christian Pulisic, which perhaps was on the mind of the Panama defense.

It was Altidore’s second-straight game vs. Panama with a goal. His last two were in October 2017, when the U.S. pummeled Panama, 4-0. Of course, a few days later, a tired USMNT failed to win at Trinidad and Tobago.

FOLLOW LIVE, Gold Cup: USMNT closes out group v. Panama

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It’s a fully-changed starting XI for the U.S. Men’s National Team as it closes out the group stage against Panama at Children’s Mercy Park in Kansas City, Kansas.

Omar Gonzalez and Matt Miazga start together in the backline, Jozy Altidore returns to the starting lineup up top, and Jordan Morris and Jonathan Lewis feature on the wings alongside Altidore. Ten of the 11 players now ply their trade in MLS, including the Gonzalez, who recently moved to Toronto FC.

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Hit the link above to follow along for the next two hours, and check back on PST for a full recap and in-depth analysis after the final whistle.

Must-See Goal: Wayne Rooney v. Orlando City

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I’m going to go out on a limb and say it. Wayne Rooney just scored the most amazing goal in Audi Field’s young history.

In the 10th minute of D.C. United’s match against Orlando City SC on Wednesday evening, Rooney noticed Orlando’s Brian Rowe straying way off his line. And so, with an audacious but accurate attempt, Rooney let fly from 65 yards and SCORED. Just check this goal out below.

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Rooney took advantage of a crazy bounce and with his literal first touch, unleashed a thunderbolt that Rowe couldn’t catch up to. It automatically becomes one of the top contenders for the MLS Goal of the Year, and should make it on every top ten countdown this evening and tomorrow.